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Posted October 18, 2017 [ Courier-Journal ]
What is Tom Jurich's fate at the University of Louisville? Board to decide Wednesday
     UPDATED: The next step in this important week for the University of Louisville is a board of trustees meeting at 1 p.m. Wednesday to determine the employment of suspended athletic director Tom Jurich. The school's athletic board already voted on Monday to terminate the contract of men's basketball coach Rick Pitino.


Posted October 18, 2017 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Don’t ‘yank’ school programs, actress Jennifer Garner says in Eastern Kentucky visit
     Actress Jennifer Garner on Tuesday played in the gym with students helped by Save the Children programs at Clay County’s Manchester Elementary, read books aloud with them in the library and sat next to them as they learned to recognize their letters. Garner had come to Kentucky to visit a school where principal Dwight Harris credits the increase in academic achievement largely to Save the Children early childhood, literacy and math programs funded by the annual $200,000 that Manchester Elementary gets from the organization. Garner is a Save the Children board trustee.


Posted October 18, 2017 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Bevin to unveil pension reform plan Wednesday morning. Lawmakers hint at details.
     Just hours after he told reporters Tuesday afternoon that the broad details of a plan to fix Kentucky’s ailing public pension systems would be coming “very soon,” Gov. Matt Bevin got a little more specific: the plan will be announced Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. Bevin, along with House Speaker Jeff Hoover, R-Jamestown, and Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, will unveil their solution to Kentucky’s pension crisis in a news conference and on Facebook Live.


Posted October 18, 2017 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
In a surprise move, Lexington removes controversial Confederate statues
     The city of Lexington carried out a surprise removal of two controversial Confederate statues from the lawn of the former Fayette County courthouse Tuesday evening and early Wednesday. At about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, police arrived on Main Street and blocked off the area around the statue of John C. Breckinridge, closing one lane of traffic as workers arrived with crane equipment. Within an hour, dozens of spectators had gathered to watch workers lift the statue of Breckinridge and then wrap it in tarp. The crowd occasionally erupted in cheers while many filmed the event and posted it to social media.


Posted October 18, 2017 [ Anderson News ]
Don’t get ‘skimmed’ at the pump
     It was an average day for state Rep. James Tipton. He stopped for gas in Spencer County, paid at the pump with his card, filled his tank, and drove back to Lawrenceburg. The next day, he noticed the charges. A pressure washer at Sam’s Club in Bowling Green; an air compressor at the Lawrenceburg Tractor Supply. Tipton quickly reported the unauthorized purchases to his credit card company and got new plastic. He was most likely the victim of credit card “skimming,” a process by which thieves intercept financial information through the installation of devices inside fuel pumps and ATM machines. They later use this information to drain funds from bank accounts.


Posted October 18, 2017 [ The Gleaner ]
Police probe snares another Webster County teacher
     The Kentucky State Police have arrested a second Webster County middle school teacher in an ongoing investigation involving allegations of child pornography and illegal drugs. An assistant chief of police has also been accused of misconduct and jailed as part of the probe. The latest arrest, announced Tuesday night, involves Jason A. West, 36, of Newburgh, Indiana, who is also a middle school teacher for the Webster County School District. KSP charged West on Tuesday with complicity to traffic in a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school.


Posted October 18, 2017 [ Georgetown News-Graphic ]
Pill mill doctor convicted on 5 counts of distributing oxy
     A 60-year-old Cincinnati physician has been convicted in federal court on five counts stemming from his role in a Georgetown “pill mill,” court records show. Alan Arnold Godofsky was acquitted of one charge of knowingly and intentionally distributing and dispensing pills containing oxycodone in his trial at U.S. District Court in Lexington on Oct. 4. He had faced seven counts when he and a second defendant were indicted in July 2016, but prosecutors did not pursue one of the counts.


Posted October 18, 2017 [ Frankfort State Journal ]
Prisoner escapes Franklin County Regional Jail by posing as another inmate
     A man escaped the Franklin County Regional Jail last week by posing as another inmate who was set to be released on bond, Jailer Rick Rogers told The State Journal on Tuesday. Gregory Bowling, 44, of Manchester, was “inadvertently released” on Thursday at about 3 p.m., Rogers wrote in an email statement. He was discovered missing when he failed to show for the jail’s daily 5 p.m. head count that same day.


Posted October 18, 2017 [ News Enterprise ]
Fourth murder suspect takes plea deal
     The fourth of five suspects charged in a 2016 homicide in Eliza­beth­town accepted a plea deal Tuesday afternoon in Hardin Circuit Court on the eve of his trial. Braylond Buckler, 19, of Elizabethtown, accepted a 20-year sentence. He must serve 17½ years before he becomes eligible for parole.


Posted October 18, 2017 [ Kentucky Enquirer ]
Rep. Thomas Massie won't hold a town hall. So a Democratic Congressman is holding one in Massie's Northern Kentucky district.
     A town hall Wednesday night is being used to shame Northern Kentucky's congressman. The town hall at Newport's Southgate House Revival will feature U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Louisville. Organizers want to draw attention to Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Garrison, not hosting town halls this year in his district.


Posted October 18, 2017 [ Kentucky Standard ]
Heaven Hill expands Bernheim production
     Heaven Hill is set to fill its new and planned rickhouses at an even faster pace after a public unveiling Monday of its Louisville distillery expansion. Monday morning the Bardstown-based distiller dedicated a $25 million expansion of its Bernheim Distillery in West Louisville that brings its capacity to 400,000 barrels a year. Shapira said the whiskey produced at Bernheim will add to the 1.3 million barrels — about 25 percent of the world’s supply — already aging in Louisville and Nelson County.


Posted October 17, 2017 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Bevin ceremonially signs historic charter school legislation
     Gov. Matt Bevin, joined by legislators, education officials and community leaders, Tuesday ceremonially signed House Bill 520 in the State Capitol Rotunda. Enacted during the regular session of the 2017 General Assembly, HB 520 enables the creation of public charter schools for the first time in Kentucky.


Posted October 17, 2017 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
KSU refused to turn over sexual misconduct documents to Beshear. Judge disagrees.
     Kentucky State University must turn over documents of sexual misconduct cases to Attorney General Andy Beshear for a confidential review, a Franklin Circuit Court Judge has ruled. The ruling stems from a request for records last year by the Kentucky Kernel, the University of Kentucky’s student newspaper, which sought documents from every public university in the state about sexual misconduct by employees against students. All but three complied: Kentucky State, the University of Kentucky and Western Kentucky University. The Kernel, and in some cases, WKU’s College Heights Herald student newspaper, appealed those refusals, setting off a complicated series of court cases around the state.


Posted October 17, 2017 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Huge rock crushed miner because rules were ignored, MSHA says
     A rock fall that killed an employee at a Whitley County surface coal mine in March happened after the operator failed to identify and correct hazardous conditions, according to a federal report. The mine operator did not prevent employees from working in a potentially dangerous spot between a machine and the rock wall above the area being mined, according to the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration accident report. Joseph W. Partin, 33, was working on a machine when a two-ton rock fell from the high-wall above and crushed him.


Posted October 17, 2017 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Building move makes way for Aviation Heritage Park's next project
     Planes, cranes and automobiles filled Aviation Heritage Park on Monday morning as a portable repair building was moved from over the park’s first aircraft to a new location, where the newest attraction – a Huey helicopter – will be refurbished. The portable building, a galvanized steel frame covered with thick vinyl, was purchased in 2016 to allow on-site restoration work, such as that recently completed on Air Force Brig. Gen. Dan Cherry’s Phantom II fighter.


Posted October 17, 2017 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Retooled Corvette plant set to open Nov. 6
     Stuck in neutral since late July, the General Motors Bowling Green Assembly Plant is almost ready to gear back up. Nearly all of the Corvette plant’s hourly workers have taken vacation time and drawn unemployment benefits for the past three months as the plant was reworked in preparation for manufacturing 2018 models and beginning to produce 2019 models.


Posted October 17, 2017 [ Madisonville Messenger ]
'Makerspace' coming to Madisonville
     Madisonville will soon be home to a "makerspace," a facility furnished with various tools and equipment where people can explore everything from small-scale manufacturing to hobbies. Thanks to a federal grant of almost $1.1 million, the Madisonville Hopkins County Economic Development Corporation is buying the old moving and storage property at 130 N. Seminary. The 7,000-square-foot main building will house wood and metal production equipment, electronics and robotics, computers and printers, and textile machinery.


Posted October 17, 2017 [ Corbin/Whitley News Journal ]
Increased speeding enforcement has decreased accidents, assistant police chief says
     At one point, Williamsburg was having almost 400 vehicle accidents a year. “The average speed limit is 35 mph. You should not have that,” noted Williamsburg Assistant Police Chief Jason Caddell. So far Williamsburg police have worked 50 fewer accidents this year than at this point last year, and Caddell recently told the Williamsburg Kiwanis Club that he feels one of the biggest reasons for that is increased traffic enforcement.


Posted October 17, 2017 [ Ledger Independent ]
Coast Guard coming to Maysville
     A Coast Guard Auxiliary Detachment is being established in Maysville, just a few months after the idea was first made public. Thom McQueen, flotilla commander of Northern Kentucky's Flotilla 5-5, part of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, began efforts in July with an eye toward eventually placing a detachment in Maysville, he said. He was joined in those efforts by LaRue Turner, district captain of the Hillsboro, Ohio, Flotilla 6-10.


Posted October 17, 2017 [ Kentucky New Era ]
KSP: Elkton man stole over $142K corn, soybeans
     An Elkton man is suspected of theft and receiving over $142,000 in crop payments not belonging to him, according to an arrest warrant from Kentucky State Police. Richard Jake Hicks, 31, is accused of receiving payments in the amount of $142,720.83 between Oct. 2, 2015, and Sept. 15 for corn and soybeans that did not belong to him from Christian County Grain in Pembroke. According to the warrant, Hicks has not participated in any farm service agency programs.


 

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